Six assistant coaches and a team nutritionist have also tested positive for coronavirus; the New Orleans Saints are scheduled to face the Carolina Panthers at the Bank of America Stadium on Sunday
Last Updated: 15/09/21 10:38am
Eight positive coronavirus cases have been identified at the New Orleans Saints including wide receiver Michael Thomas, NFL Network reported on Tuesday.
Six assistant coaches and a team nutritionist have also tested positive. All seven staff members have been vaccinated against the virus.
The Saints are now in enhanced COVID-19 mitigation protocol, which includes daily testing for all players and staff regardless of vaccination status.
A mask mandate has also been activated.
Meanwhile, Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore underwent thumb surgery on Tuesday, days after signing a $97.6m (£70.6m) deal with New Orleans.
Lattimore, 25, chipped a bone in his thumb in Sunday’s 38-3 win over the Green Bay Packers and could potentially play through the injury with a heavy bandage protecting his hand.
The Saints are scheduled to visit the Carolina Panthers (1-0) in Week 2.